Tere O’Connor is the Artistic Director of Tere O’Connor Dance and a Center for Advanced Studies Professor at the University of Illinois. He has created over 40 works for his company and many commissions, including Lyon Opera Ballet and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, among numerous other grants and awards and has won three BESSIES. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. An articulate and provocative educator, he has taught at festivals and universities around the globe. He’s currently researching his new work Rivulets to premiere Dec 2021 in NYC.